A 39 forever home cook with a ready and willing family i.e guinea pigs.

  • Location: West central Florida
  • Favorite foods: Asian and Mediterranean. Love the freshness and the seasonings.
  • Last bite on earth: Steamed stone crab claws with garlic butter.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Extra-Flaky Scallion Pancakes

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

As with most bad ideas the reason usually comes down to "Follow the money".

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Wow. Just beyond disappointed..........

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

No. Something to consider though.

Star Wars themed recipes?

"What's for dinner Mom?"

"Wookie steak."

"Is it any good?"

"It's a little Chewy."

Anywhooooo..............Tomorrow we will be enjoying some Boba Fettuccini.

If you are dating someone who doesn't like Star Wars jokes you are looking for love in Alderaan places. :)

May the fourth be with you!

What to do with a bunch of hazelnut-flavored coffee beans?

Brew the coffee and use it to make granita.

Chinese Noodles 101: How to Make Wonton Noodle Soup With Chicken and Shiitakes

This looks amazing and a huge plus the tips and info.

Stainless steel bowls

I have had my 2 cheep stainless steel bowls for about 8 years and they are fine.

TV cooking shows, food contamination

Lest we forget it is TV. All of these cooking shows are edited to death. Do you really want to watch someone wash their hands for a full minute? These shows are about 22 minutes of actual content. I watch them for inspiration for my own cooking, not for a hygiene lesson. Oh, and no I would never pinch salt (or touch anything) with chickeny hands or porky fingers.

Getting high on Cinnabon?

Flavored liquors (not liqueurs) are just gross. The Cinnabon flavor will be in all the bars and bartenders will make some concoction out of it. Then it will sit and gather dust just like the rest of the Pinnacle flavors.

Dear Pinnacle,

Stop it!

Love, Real vodka lover

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

How do you like your hummus?

@FritesandGeeks Glad I could help.

@lemonfair While I always make my own, this pine nut hummus is something I must try. Sounds really good.

Behind the Scenes in Nick's Home Kitchen

Hmm....never thought about saving the cooking liquid for Hainanese chicken rice. Your fridge looks like mine right now. Yikes!

As for that clean counter, well if my husband came home and saw that he would panic thinking I moved out and took my toys with me.

How do you like your hummus?

@FritesandGeeks Could be Achla brand

How do you like your hummus?

@Tipsykit37 While I do like a roasted red pepper "hummus" it just seems like roasted red pepper dip. Red pepper just overwhelms the idea of hummus.

Poll: What Do You Like to Drink With Your Burger?

Southern Craft Ice Cream Is the Frozen Pride of Florida

@Max This ice cream looks yummy. It is always good to see people who do food the right way. While I live in Florida, a 10 hour round trip drive is not gonna happen any time soon. However, people that live in southern Georgia, southern Alabama and southeastern Mississippi are a lot closer than I am.

Taste Test: Dennis Eats All of Cricket's Cat Food

Open Thread: Do You Lick Your Beaters?

Of course I do. Why would one not?

Staff Picks: What to Drink at a Not-Great Bar

Our go to at our fave dive bar is Smithwick's on draft.

What's your favorite way to prepare cauliflower?

Anyone serve punch anymore? Recipes?

How about sangria? Does not have to be red, try a white version.

Cook the Book: 'Kitchen Confidence' by Kelsey Nixon

Chicken broth, roasted chicken and bolognaise.

Manner Matters: Hosting 101

We handle this issue in a few different ways depending on the situation.

1. If it is a friend(s) joining us for a dinner where there is mostly family I will sit them next to my father-in-law. He has such a natural gift of gab and will talk about most anything.

2. We realized long ago that some of our friends will just not gel with some of our others. We just do not invite them together. Never felt the "warm and fuzzy" of having everyone meet and trying to force the issue.

3. Sometimes one person will just monopolize the conversation with a major event (good or bad) in their lives and refuses to change the subject where everyone can paticipate. That is where my husband will step in and say something outrageous like: We just won the lottery! I'm getting a goat, I'm sick of mowing the lawn! We're moving to Alaska! Actual things he has said. Usually gets the conversation back on track.

How do you like your hummus?

At a get together last weekend got to talking about hummus. Some like it with the tahini front and center, some like it smooth others with texture, some with cayenne, some with a lot of garlic and some really loaded with olive oil. Me I like knowing the tahini is there, but in a supporting role, garlic and lemon juice are my stars. Do not use a ton of olive oil and since I love the garlic do not use cayenne at all. Do not prefer the smooth variety, love the texture. What say you?

What to do with A LOT of lemongrass?

I have approx 30 stalks of lemongrass. Have used it in Asian dishes, but with so much I would like to know if anyone has any ideas that are outside the box, where it would work in a dish that I could sub it for citrus.

Question about tres leches cake.

Need advice for a tres leches cake. How far in advance can I make the cake? Can I make the actual cake in advance and hold it in the fridge until the "poke and soak"? Can I make the cake and "poke and soak" and then hold it for 24 hours? I can wait until just before serving to frost it, so that is not a problem.

This is for my son's birthday. He also requested porchetta (thank you Kenji for your awesome recipe) and mac and cheese. My oven will be on overdrive and would like to avoid making the cake on Sunday afternoon. Would love to make it late Saturday afternoon or very early Sunday morning. Birthday dinner is at 7 pm. Advice?

Congrats Kenji!!!

Kenji "The Food Lab" is a finalist for a James Beard award in the category of cooking/recipes/instruction. Keeping my fingers crossed. You deserve it.

Wet Sunday, windy Monday

So tropical storm Debby has decided to camp out in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Sunday was wild as we wet vac'ed and mopped water out of our house. 14 1/2 inches of rain in less than 24 hours most of it at high tide will cause problems. Watched a couple of our papaya trees snap and break apart and the water totally swamp our dock. Today is just a lot of wind. We lost power for about 2 hours on Sunday afternoon. I was up at 4:30 Sunday morning and had nothing to eat until around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. My husband drove across the bridge and got burgers from Checkers. The dude in the drive thru asked if he was from the beach. He said yes and the dude said if it were not for the beach folks they would have considered closing.

My question is while Checkers burgers are not the best, when you can't cook and are really, really hungry does marginal food taste like 5 star restaurant food when you just require sustenance? It did for us as no one talked, just ate and loved it.

Happy Saturday!

This week has been a rough one. My son showed me this and it made me smile and salivate at the same time. Enjoy!

Shichimi Togarashi. Give me some inspiration!

Just received a tin of Shichimi Togarashi for Mother's Day. Do my kids know me or what!?! What I need is some inspiration. I know it is used as a condiment in Japan, but does anyone use it in any special way?
Any foods it just goes with instinctively?

Surinam cherries. Anyone have a recipe?

I have a large tree full of Surinam cherries. They are starting to drop (ripe) and would love to make something with them. We eat them plain and with sugar on crackers. I know they are not in everyone's garden and if you have eaten a not fully ripe one it can turn you off of them, but they are really good when ripe.

Surinam cherries and loquats were fruits my friends and I used to poach from the neighbors yards when we were kids. Both had big seeds and were perfect for seed spitting wars : )

Marzipan online

Anyone have a web site to purchase marzipan? I need about a 1/2 pound to roll out to make this:

I know finding a 1/2 pound may be wishful thinking, but am willing to purchase a full pound. Having trouble finding a site.

5 quarts of shrimp stock....what to do?

Made shrimp stock yesterday. Looking for something interesting to do with it. Do not want to make bisque or jambalaya, not that there's anything wrong with them : ) Just looking for something more off the beaten path. Something Asian perhaps?

Pork loin cooking temp and time

I have a 4 lb pork loin. The label states: pork loin shoulder end. It is marinating in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and cumin. I have seen several different methods. Should I brown it first in a cast iron pan and put it in the oven? Or just cook in a roasting pan. Temp is also a concern. What temp and for how long?

Anyone have a great recipe for tomato bisque?

Looking for a recipe for tomato bisque. Would prefer it not have beef bouillon cubes and use fresh tomatoes. Looked online and not happy with what I found. Don't mind using cream and/or butter. Please help me out. I've got about 20 lbs. of tomatoes and my husband has requested this. As he doesn't ask for much as far as cooking, he really just eats what I make, I would like to oblige.

So our Powerball is $245M. What would be your #1 food fantasy?

I'm figuring about $150M or so. After paying off our house and telling our mortgage holder what they can do with themselves, my food fantasy would be a trip through Italy. First to my fathers parents homeland of Basilicata then on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples, and Milan. I never realized as a child how much my dad's food choices were directly from the area his parents came from. I would love to explore where my grandparents grew up. What about you?

When you gotta have a taco.......

Ah, Florida!! Since this happened across the street from my husbands business we heard the rest of the story. The bar the dude came from has a Checkers within 50 feet. With a walk up window. But he just had to have that taco.

Who's cooked lentils in a rice cooker?

Looking for some tips on cooking lentils in a rice cooker. Anyone tried this? Any tips? I would like the lentils to have a "toothy" feel without being hard. I don't have a ultra, mega, all the bells and whistles rice cooker just put the rice, water and salt in and push the button. So is this method obtainable? Would a slow cooker be better? Would brown or green lentils work better? Do I need to soak? Not a clue on any of this. Help!

Compost Cookies. Have a question....

I will be making the Momofuku Compost Cookies for Christmas. Would like to know if the dough excluding the add ins can be made ahead of time (like today) and frozen. I would then thaw the dough, incorporate the add ins and proceed with the recipe. Anyone tried this? Will this really save me time? Any suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.

I have included the recipe

Makes 3 dozen cookies. (To see this recipe in process, check out Picturing Copycat Momofuku Compost Cookies.)

1 1/2 sticks butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons dry, used coffee grounds

Wet Ingredients

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

Dry Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup flour

3/4 cup roughly crushed potato chips

1/2 cup roughly crushed pretzels

1/2 cup roughly crushed Fritos

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 teaspoon baking soda

1.Preheat oven to 350º.
2.In your Kitchen Aid or a large mixing bowl, cream together the creamables.
3.In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
4.Add the combined wet ingredients to the creamables. Mix together until well incorporated.
5.In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together until evenly distributed.
6.Slowly add the dry ingredients to the combined creamables and wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined.
7.Shape dough into balls--about 2 tablespoons each.
8.Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on Silpat- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
9.Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.

Kobe burgers in Las Vegas

Going to Vegas this weekend for our sons 21st birthday. One of his food requests is a kobe burger. Just saw the post about the Cheesecake Factory, funny because I was just on the site. There is a location in Vegas, one of many options for a kobe burger. Has anyone had this? Where is the best place in Vegas for a kobe burger?

Daffy Duck!!

I have a 6 pound duck and looking for suggestions. This recipe is looking good but I am open to any cooking style. Also interested in what side dishes you enjoy with your quacker. Also, do you like to cook it whole or cut up?? Throw some ideas my way.

Buffalo food... any ideas besides wings.

We are having a couple over on Sunday to watch the Buffalo vs. Miami game. He grew up in Buffalo until age 15 and she left around age 6 and still has family there. I would like to make something indigenous to the area in addition to wings. Any SEers from the area? I need some ideas. I could just ask them but I really would like the element of surprise. I am not making a dinner per se, just grazing so anything goes. I have planned the wings, Cuban sandwiches, a tres leches cake, beer and a pitcher of mojitos. I would like to balance out the menu with something else from Buffalo.

Red Velvet Cake questions.

Saturday is my youngest sons 20th birthday and he has requested a red velvet cake. I got a really good looking recipe from the site The Joy of Baking. http://joy of In the instructions it states to freeze the cake layers for an hour before cutting in half. It is a 4 layer cake made with 2 9 inch cakes and cream cheese frosting. My questions are: Can I freeze it overnight? Will this compromise the cake? How long should I thaw it before cutting and frosting? I would like to make the cake Friday evening and do the cutting and frosting on Saturday afternoon. I am trying to get as much done in advance as possible.